Alex Katz (born 1927) is an American modern and contemporary artist renowned for the highly-stylized aesthetic of his portrait and landscape paintings: using bright, flat colors to expand, rather than compress the canvas. As a young artist, Katz developed this hallmark stylization through experimenting with collaged paper and aluminum cutouts, a method that has brought him critical acclaim and commercial success. Katz began exhibiting his work in 1954, and since then has produced a celebrated body of work that includes paintings, drawings, sculptures, and prints.
The artwork of Alex Katz can be found in nearly 100 public collections worldwide, including the Art Institute of Chicago; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Museum of Modern Art, New York; National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; Tate Gallery, London; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; and the Metropolitan Art Museum, Tokyo, among many of others. Katz holds arts degrees from the Cooper Union School of Art and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture.